Does masturbation cause hair loss?

John Maddock

John Maddock

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Does masturbation cause hair loss?

Basically no. I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear. When you masturbate your testosterone levels rise temporarily, but then fall back down to normal levels almost immediately afterwards. The same thing happens with most forms of exercise, particularly with compound movements like squats, or intense exertion like sprinting.

The argument is that continued fapping will ultimately raise the amount of testosterone in your body. This simply not true. And even if it were true a raised testosterone level does not necessarily lead to increased 5a-Reductase activity. And it’s this 5a-R activity that level that dictates how much of your testosterone is converted into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the testosterone byproduct that weakens your hair follicles. Interestingly your 5a-R activity can increase naturally as you age, and your testosterone levels can dip. 

If you want more evidence that masturbating does not cause hair loss let’s look at the clinical studies. There are none. There are no clinical studies that have been conducted to date that seek to determine what the long term effects of strumming ones fiddle has on testosterone production. You’ll find that most well founded theories have various clinical studies attached to them. Such as suppressing 5a-R activity with drugs like Finasteride, or increasing blood flow with products like Minoxidil . The Minoxidil market size is valued at $880 million a year. Hair loss products is big business, so if an argument is worth exploring you can bet some form of clinical studies will be conducted.

Lastly masturbating can actually be good for you, it certainly has no negative side effects. And abstaining can be bad for you. So crack on!

Hair Transplant Common Questions

Check out the FAQ’s section for more.

How much does it cost?

Prices in Europe are between 50% and 75% cheaper than in the UK or US. Packages start from £1500 and include accommodation. I paid £2000 for 1000 grafts (3000 hairs) in Budapest, which is less than a 3 hour flight from the UK. I was quoted between £8000 and £12,000 for the same procedure in the UK. Adding £200 for flights I paid £2200 in total - so it is very affordable!

Does it hurt?

No! A hair transplant is painless. On the day of the transplant you are given a few local anaesthetic injections into your scalp. You may feel the first one or two. From that point on your are numbed and you don't feel anything. Most people actually fall asleep - I did for most of the day!

How long before it grows back?

A few weeks after your transplant your new hair starts to fall out. It then takes a couple of months to start growing again. Between month 1 and month 3 post-op your hair is thin. They call this the 'ugly ducking' phase. This soon passes and it starts getting really exciting. Around month 4 I had good coverage and was going to the hair dressers again. By month 6 you could not tell I had a transplant. When it got to 12 months post-op I was a different person.

Regaine is an FDA approved treatment for hair loss, suitable for both men and women. The active ingredient it contains is called Minoxidil. Minoxidil is clinically proven to prevent further hair loss in around 80% cases. It works by enhancing the blood supply to your hair follicles.

Naturelo Multivitamins are fantastic! They contain 110% of your recommended daily allowance of Biotin, as well as a host of other vitamins that are great for your hair and general well being. I love them!

Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. It adds colour and thickness to your hair.

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is a really nice shampoo to use. It claims to boost blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth. It’s not as effective as Regaine, but it’s still a really nice cost effective shampoo.

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